Obituaries

Remembrance of the Life of Margaret Rose Knoll SL


Aug. 27, 1914 – Oct. 6, 2015 Sister Margaret Rose was born in Minonk, Ill., one hundred and one years ago. This remembrance is drawn from an oral interview she did some years ago. About her parents and her 11 siblings Margaret Rose said: “My dad, Francis Theodore, came from Bismark, Germany, when he was only about 14 years old, because he was going to be inducted into the [German] Army. A Catholic priest helped him to get out of the country to get to England and then to get onto a boat. He was on his own for a … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sandy Ardoyno SL


Aug. 27, 1943 – Oct. 5, 2015 Sandy Ardoyno lived fully and with much enthusiasm all the days of her life! Sandy followed her twin sister, Susie, into the world, making her the third of the four children of Sidney and Sally Leech Ardoyno. With their brother Jack and sister Sheila, the twins grew up in Mobile, Ala. At the time of her Golden Jubilee, Sandy described her early years in these words: “Hi, y’all, as we say in the South. My name is Sandy and I was sent to Mobile, Alabama, as an art teacher when we were still … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Mary Judith Brown SL


Oct. 30, 1922 – Aug. 4, 2015 Frances Marie Brown, the eldest of four, was born Oct. 30, 1922 in Elwood, Ind. Her siblings were Howard, Herb, and Sue. Her father, Harold E. Brown, originally of Muncie, Ind., worked nights in a steel mill where he “drew wire.” Frances’ mother, Marie Agnes Harris Brown, was from Elwood. She was a telephone operator and homemaker. Frances wrote that she knew her parents first met on Valentine’s Day. The Browns moved to Pueblo, Colo., in time for Frances to begin elementary school. There the family experienced the extreme poverty of the Depression … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Marie Joann Rekart SL


March 19, 1937-July 4, 2015 Marie Joann asked that her own accounts of her life be used in the remembrance after her death. Accordingly, we begin where she began her autobiography: “The population of Brentwood, Missouri, increased by one on March 19, 1937, when Joyce Rose Rekart came into the world. Born at home with the assistance of Dr. Hayden and my grandmother, Josephine Rekart, I was welcomed by my parents, John Edward Rekart and Annabelle Rickard Rekart, and two curious siblings, John, age 4, and Jacqueline, age 2.” Of her parents Marie Joann later wrote in her spiritual autobiography: … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Michelle Tooley CoL


Jan. 31, 1953 – May 26, 2015 Michelle Tooley was born in Lufkin, Texas, the oldest of four children. In her application for Loretto co-membership, Michelle wrote about her growing up as “a daughter of the South. My early years were spent in several small Texas towns and later three Louisiana towns where we went following my father’s jobs, first as a high school coach, then as an engineer for a gas transmission company. My mother taught school and was the center of our home. We rarely lived in a town for more than three years. Our geographical stability came … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Martha Belke SL


Oct. 24, 1927 — April 12, 2015 Martha Jane Belke was born into a hard working German Catholic family in Louisville’s upper west end. She was the sixth of seven girls born to Mary Catherine Huff Belke and John Phillip Belke. Mary Margaret and Loretto Marcella were nine and six years older than Martha; Carolyn Frances was five years younger. Three sisters didn’t survive infancy. Martha’s early childhood coincided with the Depression and was culminated by the Louisville flood of 1937, in which her family lost everything. She and her sisters attended St. Benedict School, where they were taught by … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Harriet (Tip) Barker Altmix CoL


Jan. 31, 1921 – March 15, 2015 After 94 years of enjoying life, Harriet (Tip) Barker Altmix CoL died on March 15, 2015. Tip was born in Denver, Colo., to Charles and Harriet Barker in 1921 and grew up the sixth of seven children. She loved learning and completed high school when she was only 16. She then went on to attend Loretto Heights College in Denver for three years, studying drama. She would return to Loretto Heights almost 30 years later to complete her degree and graduate with honors. (Tip earned a bachelor of arts degree from Loretto Heights … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Brian Hammond CoL


Nov. 2, 1943 — March 1, 2015 Brian Hammond was born in 1943, the older of two boys only 14 months apart. When Brian was 9 his father became seriously ill, and three years later his father died. Brian became the “man of the house” and took responsibility for a variety of household chores along with home maintenance and repairs. His mother rounded out his skill set by teaching Brian to cook, sew and clean. Brian also worked a paper route, did yard work and served as a camp counselor while still finding time to play soccer and football in … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Carol Durphy SL


March 12, 1922—Feb. 19, 2015 Carol Mae Dunphy was born in Eastlake, Colo., the first of four children of Arthur John and Edith Louise Molholm Dunphy, both Colorado natives. Her sister Lois was born a year later, then Arthur Lynn and Phyllis followed. “We grew up on the farm that belonged to our Danish grandparents…. It was not a large farm but had an irrigation pond where we swam in the summer and skated in the winter. I followed my father around and learned to milk a cow and drive the horses and the tractor that pulled up the haystacker.” … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Margaret Drury CoL


Sept. 28, 1929—Feb. 18, 2015 Margaret Cotillion Powell was born at home in Loretto, Ky. Margaret’s father Robert Powell was killed at the railroad tracks in Loretto before she was born. Her mother, Jane Elizabeth Miles Powell raised Margaret and her eight brothers and sisters through the very difficult years of the depression. Margaret began working at a very young age, missing the opportunity to go to school. She worked at Loretto Distillery and in several people’s homes before marrying Joseph Henry Drury on April 26, 1947. Margaret and Henry moved into a house on the Manton Road; later they … Continue reading

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